New South Wales, Australia: COVID-19 Restrictions from 01/06/2020
From June 1st, the rules in New South Wales will be loosened up a bit further, as
the state government follows a slightly modified version of the Morrison
government’s stage two plan.
Here are the answers to the questions many have:
Can I visit my friends or family?
20 people (inclusive of children) will be allowed to visit other households for the purposes of socialising fro 1/06/2020. However, people should be cautious.
Can I have a party?
If you are only inviting 20 people, inclusive of children, you are allowed to have a party. 20 people are allowed to gather in outdoor spaces.
Can I go to a restaurant or café?
Cafés and restaurants will be allowed to seat a maximum of 20 people.
Businesses will need to ensure each customer has at least four-square-
Can I start bringing my reusable coffee cup to the café again?
A new contact-free initiative from Responsible Cafés could see many coffee shops allowing personal reusable takeaway cups allowed back in, however, this is up to individual cafés.
Can I exercise outdoors?
Outdoor gym facilities will be reopened and outdoor boot camps will be allowed with a maximum of 20 people to a group.
Can I go for a swim?
Swimming pools will be allowed to reopen, but they could be capped to a
maximum of 20 swimmers at any one time. Beaches will remain open with a
Can I go to the library?
Libraries may open with restrictions:
- Capacity must not exceed one person per 4 square metres including
- Any indoor cinema or theatrette must be closed.
- Each library must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Can I let the kids loose on the playground?
Public playgrounds will be open again. Physical distancing and hygiene should be practised with the little ones.
Can I go back to the office?
Each business owner can make decisions about what makes the most sense
for their situation. Employers must allow employees to work from home where
it is reasonably practical to do so.
Can I leave Sydney?
Regional travel to regional NSW for a holiday is possible. All overseas travel,
with very few exceptions, have been banned and is not likely to resume until
Can I go shopping?
Retail stores have been allowed to open. This is under the provision that they
follow the 4-metre rule.
Can I get a haircut or visit my beauty therapist?
Capacity must not exceed 20 customers or one customer per 4 square
metres (including staff members) on the premises, whichever is the lesser.
When am I allowed to leave my house?
You can go out to shop, to work or study (if this cannot be done from home), for fresh air and exercise (with a maximum of 10 people), and for recreational purposes and socialising as long as you are observing social distancing. You could be fined up to $1000 for breaking these rules.
Can I get tested if I haven’t been overseas?
NSW Health has announced that anyone with the slightest flu-like symptoms should get tested. If you work with vulnerable people, for example, in a nursing home, boarding school, or any other kind of residential facility, and you experience any respiratory symptoms, no matter how mild, you must be tested.
Can I attend weddings and funerals?
Weddings will be allowed to have up to 20 guests, while any restrictions on
funerals will immediately be erased to allow the four-metre rule to apply.
Can I go for a drive?
Yes, you can go out for a drive.
Are dentists open?
Yes, dental services are now open.
Are The Pubs open?
Pubs that serve food are allowed to open their dining areas. However, alcohol
can only be purchased with food, or to takeaway. A maximum of 10 people are
allowed per booking.
Are schools, TAFE colleges and universities back
Yes, all students went back to school full-time on Monday 25 May.
What about cinemas, entertainment venues and
Museums and galleries are allowed to reopen to guests, as long as four square
metres is allowed per person and they have a Covid-19 safety plan. Groups and
tours aren’t allowed to run. National Trust and Historic Houses Trust
properties can open, as long as they follow the four square metres rule
(including staff). Indoor cinemas and theatres must stay closed. From 1 July,
the number of people allowed inside indoor venues will be determined by the
one person per four square metres rule. For venues with 40,000 seats or less.
Can I move house?
You are allowed to move houses but keeping in mind the social distancing
What does the Australian government’s contact tracing app do?
Dubbed CovidSafe, the technology is based on digital contact tracing, modelled on a similar app used in Singapore. Its purpose is to suppress the issue of ‘community transmission’ – where the infection is spread between people in public.
How long will this last?
New South Wales is currently in stage 2 of a three-stage process on easing social restrictions advised by the federal government, to be rolled out over the next two months. However there is no concrete timeline, and the state governments are not required to follow every recommendation. Certain protocols such as physical distancing may be in place for several more months to come. The World Health Organisation has warned that relaxing lockdown restrictions too quickly, could lead to a resurgence of the outbreak.
To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself contact the Australian Government Department of Health